From the weekend:
The White Sox secured the BP Crosstown Cup by sweeping the Cubs, beating their crosstown rivals 3-2 on Friday, 7-4 on Saturday and 6-0 on Sunday.
For the White Sox, Paul Konerko's beaning dominated headlines over the weekend, although the team didn't take exception to Jeff Samardzija's splitter that ran inside and hit the Sox captain in the face. Luckily, Konerko doesn't expect to be out for too long, although his face was pretty messed up.
Oddly enough, the Sox scored 13 runs in the two games they played without Konerko. The efforts of Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo -- who wouldn't have played this weekend if Konerko didn't get hit -- and Gordon Beckham were key in helping the White Sox this weekend to mitigate Konerko's loss. And John Danks pitching one of his best games of the year on Saturday certainly helped, too.
With Brent Morel looking like he'll be placed on the disabled list, the White Sox agreed to sign Orlando Hudson, who was released by San Diego last week. While Hudson hasn't played third base in the majors, he did play there coming through the Blue Jays farm system, and that's where Robin Ventura thinks he'll wind up when he joins the White Sox on Tuesday, as expected.
Jake Peavy bounced back after his rough outinginning Tuesday against Detroit to throw 6 13 shutout innings on Sunday. After the game, he explained how he wants to stay in Chicago, but understands it may not be possible.
Peavy also had some great things to say about the retirement of Kerry Wood -- Peavy said he's watched Wood's 20-strikeout game multiple times and still is in awe of the sheer dominance the then-rookie showed that day. Luke Stuckmeyer also wondered who you'd rather have at their peak -- Wood or Mark Buehrle?
Around the division: Minnesota played pretty well Friday and Saturday against Milwaukee but was torched on Sunday, Max Scherzer struck out 15 Sunday and Justin Verlander nearly threw a no-hitter Friday, Indians closer Chris Perez ripped Cleveland's attendance (before offering a solution) and Bruce Chen won again.